"Marry him!"

It was one fan's cry to the stage as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham closed their duet on "Landslide," and a reminder of why a reunited Fleetwood Mac has recaptured the imagination of so many's romance.

Some 18,000-plus filled McNichols Arena Wednesday night to rekindle that old flame with Fleetwood Mac - the pop-minded "classic" lineup, that is, which built a bridge between the blues and the Beach Boys, and is headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It's been 20 years since Buckingham and Nicks were a California couple, whose breakup (along with that of fellow British bandmates John and Christine McVie) turned into platinum on "Rumours," a touchstone album for anyone who cared about pop music (or relationships for that matter) in the late 70's. Whether the sexual tension and romantic tenderness telegraphed from the stage on Wednesday were genuine or mere theatrics is open to debate. What can't be denied is that the chemistry is working- and selling.


The emotional and musical high point came near the end, a one-two punch that began with a fiery sing-along on "Second Hand News," one of the nine "Rumours" tracks on the set list. Then came "Silver Springs," the most played cut from "The Dance." Nicks faced Buckingham to sing/chant the lyric, "You'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you." Even if you were only vaguely familiar with the duo's history, it was a chilling moment.

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